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Best everyday or bug out boots? We review the Timberland® Earthkeepers

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The best endorsement of a product is to use it continually and take its reliability for granted. These Timberland® Earthkeeper boots fit that description and they have been through the ringer.

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Review: Naturehike® trekking poles for safer and more comfortable hiking

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Are you using trekking poles yet when you hike? Wonder if you need to, or if trekking poles are a good safety addition to your gear? These Naturehike® trekking poles could be a valuable addition to your gear.

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Best EDC light? We review Wuben G2 multi-functional EDC flashlight

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Survival gear needs to be lightweight and convenient to carry. Otherwise, there is a good chance it will be left behind. This Wuben G2 may be the EDC light you’ve been looking for.

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Five items beginner hikers should carry

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Everybody starts out backpacking as a beginner. While experience is the best teacher, here are a few items to take along so that first backpacking or hiking trip is fun and doesn’t become an ordeal.

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A shovel and toilet paper (in a waterproof container) are vital aspects of any backcountry privy construction. (Leon Pantenburg photos)

Make a portable privy or ‘How to do number two’ in the woods

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Where’s the bathroom? Where will you do Number Two? If you’re camping, or setting up a campsite, one of the first and most important tasks is to set up the latrine.

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Dry Canyon, near Bend, Oregon.

Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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You don’t have any wilderness experience, but you want some. So what do you take along to make sure you get back? Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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Pilot bread

Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack

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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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Video review: O-Pen® pocket water purification system produces nothing – and that’s good!

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The measure of success for a water purifier is not getting any reaction from drinking the water purified by it. And that’s what I got after using the Roving Blue O-Pen®. Nothing.

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Review update: Danner®  Incursions – Best hot weather hiking boot?

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Use in the field and sustained wear is really the only way to evaluate footwear. I’ve been wearing these Danner® Incursions for well over a year, mostly in hot, desert environments. Here is what I found.

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Best beginner shotgun? Check out a 20 gauge single-shot break action

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Here is why a simple, single-shot shotgun may be the best choice for a beginner and a valuable addition to your preparedness battery.

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